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Pamela Riley with the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra


All Aboard!  When settlers came to settle in north Texas by wagon train and rails, they brought their music.  And Saturday, September 19, the Mesquite Symphony Orchestra will celebrate those beginnings on the Texas frontier!  At 6 p.m., all audience members are invited to the Gala opening reception, and at 7:30 p.m. the concert, at the Mesquite Arts Center, 1527 N. Galloway.

Conductor Brad Everett Cawyer will lead the orchestra in “The American Frontier” arranged by Calvin Custer, Rachmaninov’s brilliant Piano Concerto No. 2, with soloist Thiago X. Nascimento, and in music by Mussorgsky, Dvorak, Strauss and Florence Price that paints a musical picture of the place – its rivers, railroads, and even Mesquite’s significant oak tree!

 The season will take listeners back to holiday celebrations with the diverse settlers who came here, their children’s dreams, music we listened to on the radio, and the rodeo, with Aaron Copland’s ballet, “Rodeo” and other music about America’s great Western frontier.  There will be other classics through the season, including Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with guest Fiona Shea as soloist.

 Tickets or season tickets?  Check the website – - or stop by the box office from an hour before the performance.  Tickets available from $5-$20 with discounts for seniors and children.  Concert supported in part by the Mesquite Arts Council. 

Mesquite Symphony Orchestra, performing at the Mesquite Arts Center, 1527 N.Galloway and celebrating our 29th season.  

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